September 18, 2016

Ensuring W.Va. jobs is top priority | The Journal

I constantly hear people in Washington and across the country talking about an economic recovery. Just this week, the Census Bureau announced that the average median household incomes have increased by 5.2 percent, the largest single-year increase since we began keeping record. And while that may be true, in West Virginia we can’t help but feel like we have been left out of that recovery.

This issue is not a Democratic or Republican issue. This is an issue impacting West Virginians across the political spectrum. I have always said that government cannot create every job, but it can create an environment that promotes job growth, fosters economic expansion and offers those in need a hand up, instead of a hand out. That is why I am committed to do everything I can to get West Virginia Working again.

About a year ago, I announced a series of job fairs throughout West Virginia to connect West Virginians with available job opportunities and skills to help get them back to work, or to make them more competitive in the job market. The first job fair I hosted was in Martinsburg so I am especially excited to be returning to Martinsburg with WorkForce West Virginia for our upcoming job fair.

If you or someone in your family needs a job, or needs help with the job search process, the Foxcroft Towne Center in Martinsburg is the place to be on Monday. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. nearly 100 employers, including Procter & Gamble, will be on site to meet with potential employees and connect West Virginians with the resources necessary to advance their job search.

As a former small businessman myself, I understand firsthand how hard the people of the Mountain State work. Given the opportunity, West Virginians thrive at work, be it the owner of a grocery store, the nurse saving lives every day, or the teacher who is inspiring our next generation of leaders in the classroom. We are in this together, and that is why ensuring that everyone in our state who wants a job, has a job, remains my top priority in Washington.

As your U.S. Senator, I remain focused on supporting West Virginia’s continued economic development, and these job fairs serve as an invaluable opportunity to connect our hardworking citizens with the employers in need of their skills. The better we build these bridges and foster these connections, the more positive the economic outlook of our state will be for decades to come.